Monday, April 30, 2012

Alternative Baking Company. Vegan Cookies Review

I found myself the other day stopping by my favorite coffee shop.  A coffee shop I visit at least weekly.  I am so predicable and order the same drink every time (expect at the holidays - I love the seasonal flavors).  It feels like I am on auto pilot and just getting caught up in the whole daily routine.

I was thrilled when I jumped away from this boring routine and experience something so flavorful and bright I had to find out more!  Who is wondering what I did? 

Okay, I was hungry...something so simple and primal. 

Every time sitting in the coffee shop line, I saw an ad from the Alternative Baking Company, Inc.  So when it was my turn I asked what they had for something sweet to snack on.  The worker mentioned the Alternative Baking Company's line of Vegan Cookies.  She began listing off an amazing and gourmet line of cookies (14 different varieties offered).

I selected the Cranberry Orange Muffin Cookie.  It was mind blowing with bright and complex flavors....not to mention this cookie was HUGE and moist...and gone way to fast!

Much to my dismay, after returning home and looking up Alternative Baking Company on Facebook, I learned this treasure had been discontinued.....sad.....so.....sad!  I reached out this this High quality Vegan Company to see what other treasure they had to offer my palette.

Alternative Baking Company sent me out two of their hand made Cookies to review. 

Before I share my experiences, did you know Alternative Baking Company's cookies are made daily in small hand made batches and their cookies contain no dairy, no eggs, no honey, no hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients or refined sugars....So much NO.....But so good, moist and full of flavor!!!

The new seasonal flavor  - Coconut Macaroon

I knew this was going to be a new favorite as soon as I opened the package.  The delightful aroma of toasted coconut greeted me.  This Alternative Baking Company cookie was moist and chewy...chocked full of coconut and so rich.  I am going to warm my next cookie up...it will be just like it came out of my oven...only better...no dishes to clean up.


What a perfect holiday cookie.  This cookie made me feel so warm and secure.  It was full of delicious spices.  A relaxing way to end my day.  Thank you Alternative Baking Company.

You can buy some of your own Cookies today at Alternative Baking Company's site.

Disclaimer: Alternative Baking Company provided me with free
samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product

Sticky Fingers' Sweets Cookbook Vegan Recipes Giveaway / Review $27.50 Value

I have a confession to make.....

I am truly a foodie in every aspect of my life and my children's lives.

I sleep, eat, play, watch, work, etc....and some how my mind is always on food....foods...and more food!

I am so addicted even my television is beginning to think all that is on tv is food related programs, especially the Food Network.  One of my current favorite shows is Cupcake Wars. 

Every time their is a new winner, I am busy googling and trying to find out more about the Chef and their passionate business.

That is how I "googled" Cupcake War winner Doron Petersan.....and found .......

Her amazing cookbook:  Sticky Fingers' Sweets - 100 Super-Secret Vegan Recipes. 

Wow, I am in awe that Doron Petersan opened her business Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats only back in 2002.  Look how far she has come in such a short time. 

I was honored being sent her excellent cookbook to review and giveaway one copy!

I just want to say, don't let the word Vegan scare you.  It is not all that different and makes amazing recipes even better.  I love how Doron Petersan has opened up her life and cherished recipes for all to understand and create themselves in the comfort of our homes in a fun way. 

Sticky Fingers' Sweets cookbook is very easy to read and navigate. 

Included in this book:

Chapter 1: The Basics
Chapter 2: Favorite Cakes
Chapter 3: Sticky Fingers' Signature Cupcakes
Chapter 4: The Tifecta (The Three Recipes That Build This Bakery)
Chapter 5: Cookies
Chapter 6: Muffins, Breads, and Scones
Chapter 7: Brownies
Chapter 8: Making Whoopie
Chapter 9: Fab and Fruity Pies and Cheesecakes
Chapter 10: We've Got Seoul

I think the most important fact that was discussed in Chapter 1 was...

"You have to measure accurately and consistently every time.  Here at Sticky Fingers, we measure as little as possible.  "What the heck do you, mean Doron?  That makes no sense."  What I mean is that we weigh everything above 1 ounce and only use imperial measurements (you know, cups and spoons) for those small, pesky (yet important) "micro" ingredients.  Weight is where it's at in baking and where the true consistency lies."

As you can tell by the quote I took directly from Sticky Fingers' Sweets, you can and will learn a lot, but it is also a pleasure to read.  How many cookbooks can you say that about? 

I enjoyed the little bits of information placed throughout the book amongst the flavorful recipes called "Love Bite"....read the funny one I found on page 192 (oh, did I forget to mention this cookbook has a whopping 288 pages!)

"Love Bite.......Mixing Burns Calories.....Unless you pick up a 1940s guide to homemaking, you probably won't see a source for the number of calories burned during ironing, baking, or martini-making.  But rest assured, your mixing is a calorie absolver, which will redeem itself during the last steps in recipe-making: indulging."

If you are new to Vegan baking don't worry....listed in the ingredients in each recipe are recommendations for certain Vegan products, like "non-hydrogenated vegan margarine".  If you are like me...SAY WHAT?  Just keep reading, "recommended: Earth Balance".  Yes, now it all makes sense. 

Are you wanting to know what these Sweets can actually look like...Just flip to the center of the cookbook to ooogal over the centerfolds....

All in color and right in your face!!!  Oh, and keep flipping there are more towards the back!

Everyone....come follow me and learn with the help of Doron that you will not miss a thing with her Vegan recipes...actually it will leave you wanting to come back and bake more and more and more!

Who wants to win Sticky Fingers' Sweets for yourself?  Worried you may not win?  Don't worry you ca purchase your own copy on Amazon and many other online retailers or stop at your local book store and see if it is on the shelf.

Good Luck Everyone and Happy Baking.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free
sample to review and giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

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Let's Be Honest .... Purex Sweepstakes Starting 04-30 through 7-24

Let's Be Honest

Purex is starting an amazing new Campaign tomorrow (04-30-12) and you don't want to miss out on this great entertainment and chances everyday to win a Year's Supply of Purex Detergent.

Enjoy a funny series of short video vignettes sharing honest moments that reflect the ironic truths of everyday Life, Laundry, and Whatever.  

What do you think they are going to cover...how about paying too much for “premium” detergent or uncovering the truth about skinny jeans?  Purex is going to be shedding some light on everyday absurdities.

I can't wait to watch the funny videos that will be uploaded every few days at the Purex website.  Plus new posts on Purex Facebook and Twitter pages.

Are you going to be one of the lucky daily winners of a Year's Supply of Purex detergent?  You can't if you don't enter.  Good Luck everyone!

I am a very proud Purex Inside and love being able to share new and exciting news about Purex.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Epiphany Chocolates She's Moxie - Mother's Day collection Review

Happy Mother's Day from Epiphany Chocolates.

May 13th is quickly approaching!  Have you bought that special lady a gift that she will remember for years to come?

Does your Mom love something sweet and indulgent?  Something beautiful and full of flavor?

Well you need to go see "She's Moxie" an 18 piece Fudge and Caramel Mother's Day Collection that is beautiful packaged in a lovely floral keepsake treasure box.

Epiphany Chocolates....you have truly out done yourself this time to help make many Mom's Day special.  I know you have made my day memorable...when my review of "She Moxie" arrived.

I couldn't wait to open the box...and when I did, I couldn't believe how special you made me feel by your packaging.

Next was the best part sampling the six different flavored treasures inside:
Queen B (Butter Toffee Fudge)

This Queen is covered in milk chocolate. Once you bite through the coating a flavor explosion of rich buttery English toffee overwhelms the palate to a place of oblivion. This very sweet confection is perfect with a strong cup of hot coffee.

 The Starlet (Sea Salt Caramel)

What a flavorful experience. The fresh sea salt knocks on the door, inviting in the sweet chocolate followed by the buttery, rich and smooth caramel center.

Mom’s Mimosa (Champagne Orange Fudge)

This special confection is so smooth and melts in your mouth.  The natural zest of the champagne, combines with the floral orange undertones, blending with the fudge.  I was surprised findign the candied orange peal hidden in the chocolate coating...what a flavor burst of orange.

Lady Smith (Apple Caramel)

I have never experience a caramel treasure like this before.  The outside fudge coating was full of crushed peanuts which add a delightful crunch to the smooth caramel that waits inside.  This caramel was truly special.  I enjoyed letting it soften on my tongue, catching the tart apple complexity with the rich buttery caramel. 

The Empress (Maple Walnut Fudge)

This sweet Empress brought me back to my childhood.  The thin dark chocolate fudge blanketed the most beautiful maple walnut fudge center.  Each bite included many naturally bitter walnuts with the smooth mapley fudge.  What a perfect balance.  Thank you Epiphany for the trip back in time!

Sweet P (Butter Pecan)
Smooth, sweet white chocolate combined with finely chopped pecans hides the similarly colored center of butter pecan fudge.  The fudge was packed with more finely chopped pecans.  Another favorite to enjoy with a hot beverage to help cut through the natural sweetness.

Epiphany’s mantra is all about creating inspired chocolates, which are handmade, individually unique with a variety of indulgent and surprising flavor combinations.  They have definitely fulfilled their mantra with this collection.

Now head on over to Epiphany Chocolates and place your order today.

Don't forget to Like Epiphany Chocolates on Facebook and Twitter....so you don't miss out on all their great contests and news.

Disclaimer: Epiphany Chocolates provided me with free
samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product

Tropical Traditions 1 Qt. Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway US/Canada

Back in June I had the opportunity to review and giveaway Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.  I want to say I am still using my Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and continue to be a huge Tropical Traditions Fan.

This coconut oil is beautiful and smells so aromatic.  Even with the wonderful aroma it some how is not over powering when added to my cooking and baking.  I use it in everything from banana bread to waffles and pancakes.

Just remember Coconut oil is it is solid at temps below 76 degrees F. But that is very easy to fix..just place the sealed jar in a warm water bath and within a few minutes it is liquefied and is ready to use.



Gold Label Organic Virgin Coconut Oil



Win 1 quart of Gold Label

Virgin Coconut Oil
!

Tropical Traditions is America's source for coconut oil.
Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family
producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read
more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on
their website:

What is Virgin Coconut Oil
? You can also watch the video they produced
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Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the
advantages of buying coconut oil online.  Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to
read about the health benefits of coconut oil.


Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this
product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.
Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product
giveaway in return for the free product.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Flushy, Trashy and Sinky Natural Household Cleaning Products / 30 Day Supply Giveaway / Review



Revolutionary New Household Cleaning Products...


What makes Natural House cleaning products different?

I know personally three members of the product line offered by Natural House have made a huge and positive difference in our home.  My husband and 7 year old son suffer from asthma and many cleaning products in the past have caused breathing difficulties for them.  Which is very scary! 

Thanks to the help of Flushy, Trashy and Sinky and their revolutionary cleaning method; I can clean anytime of the day or night with out causing respiratory distress.  Natural House uses probiotic cleaning agents; which are non-toxic and gentle for everyone in your house.

I am amazed that something so natural and non-toxic can clean even a dirty trash can.  But, trust me it can!  Did you know Natural House products are strong enough for commercial clean-up!  Wow...but seeing is believing and Natural House is going to give one lucky person the chance to experience this revolutionary way of cleaning by giving away the same 3 probiotic cleaning products I received to sample....A 30 Day Supply of Flushy, Trashy and Sinky.


The bottle of Trashy is so easy to use.  Just spray the Probiotics into your trash can or diaper pail.  The probiotics start consuming odors, food scraps and grease.  These very busy probiotics continue to work until the next weekly treatment.  Just make sure to let your trash can or diaper pail air dry or wipe out the bottom before putting a new liner in.  Trashy has a nice clean wintergreen scent.  I have noticed big difference in the odors, or now lack there of coming from our trash can...so I consider this product a success....and no asthma difficulties. 


Flushy couldn't have come at a better time for our house.  Our toilet was in need of some tender loving care to help with waste build up in the p-trap, drain and pipes.  Just toss one Flushy probiotic packet into your toilet.  You will see the probiotics began working immediately with a foaming action.  Then scrub your toilet bowl with a brush and flush.  This is a great multi-use product.  As Flushy cuts through stains, hard water and calcium deposits in your toilet bowl; along with consuming toilet paper and wast build up in the p-trap, drain, pipes and maintains the health of your septic system.  Our system is running much smoother now.  Thanks Natural House!

And last but not least Sinky.  A disposal Scrubber and Drain Maintenance Natural Probiotic Cleaning product.  I loved the fresh citrus scent of each water soluble packet.  Sinky is just as easy to use as the rest.  Just toss a Sinky in your sink over the drain.  Turn on some hot water for five to ten seconds.  If you have a disposal turn it on for one to three seconds and then watch Sinky get to work foaming.  Sinky helps prevent clogs and slow drains + controls odors.  Our kitchen sink has been running perfectly since using Sinky. 

Don't want to wait and see if you are going to be the lucky winner?  I totally understand.

Just head on over to Natural House's website and order directly or you can shop on Amazon.  And don't forget if you purchase from Amazon the have great perks like FREE Super Saver Shipping and/or Amazon Prime.
  
Want to get a jump on entering to win?

You can Like Natural House on Facebook and Twitter...which will count for extra entries below....
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Healthy Gardening with Whitney Farms 100% Natural Plant Food.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whitney Farms for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

AdvertisementI am getting all my starter plants ready inside for their big debut in May, for the big move into our family garden.  I have never tried to start my own plants inside from seed.  In years past, I always planted the seeds directly into our garden.  Last year our garden did not do as well as I expected.  It was a huge disappointment.

So this year I am shaking it up and trying something different to try to help out our garden.  One other thing I am planning on using is 100% natural plant food from Whitney Farms.  The reason I want to try this is there are no additives and nothing artificial.  I don’t have to worry how Whitney Farms® is going to affect the safety of our home grown food. 

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It is great to find a company that uses just ingredients from the Earth to better our gardens.  Can you imagine; Big, beautiful flowers and veggies thanks to Whitney Farms.  I am already smiling thinking about the possibilities. 

Not only does Whitney Farms offer organic plant food but they specialize in organic soil.  I say specialize as Whitney Farms have 25 + years of experience leading gardening experience and continue to improve their products.    

These improvements have included: No manure order, little to now dust, beneficial microbes, easy to apply and specially designed protein –based blends which provide our plants with both micronutrients and macro that they need to thrive and grow.

Introducing Whitney Farms® a full line of 100% natural plant foods and soils with no additives, nothing artificial, just ingredients from the Earth, designed to give you big, beautiful flowers and veggies. Get the goodness of gardening naturally, with Whitney Farms® plant foods and soils.

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I can’t wait to see what Whitney Farms natural plant food does to help us have the best garden every this year.  Are you interested in trying some Whitney Farms products for your own?  You can get a $3.00 coupon to help with your purchase.

Happy Gardening everyone!

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Chili’s Welcome’s the #CoronaRita Margarita and so do I!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chili’s Grill & Bar for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here lately we have been having to make many trips an hour away for appointments.  No, I am not complaining, as guess what?  Did I hear you say, “what”? 

There is a Chili’s in this community.  It is our family tradition and favorite place to go to make the best of this two hour round trip.  I am thrilled to have found out Chili’s has now added an amazing new drink to their diverse menu.

The CoronaRita at Chili's, Welcome, Welcome!!!

This drink is made with Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila and Coronita. 

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Now I can have my Margarita and beer, too.  I can’t wait to try this next trip down.  Think we are going to have to make a trip to Chili’s just to Celebrate family and Cinco De Mayo (which is almost here!).

I can guarantee everyone loves a dinner out at Chili’s.  Our boys always have to start our dining experience with Chips and Salsa.  We typically make it through 2 baskets in no time.   Yes, I know what my boys will start with but what will I pick?  Hummm…..Something that has to go well with my first experience with the CoronaRita.  I think the Stuffed Potato Skins would be a perfect match.  And what about the actual meal; and maybe another CoronaRita.  Don’t worry, I will not be driving!

I think I would have to select the fajita tri.  The spice and lime would be a perfect mouth pleasing time along with my new special refreshing CoronaRita Margarita.  My mouth is watering already. How about yours? What would you order from Chili’s to compliment a CoronaRita?  I would love to hear; maybe it will make me change my mind, before our Family Celebration.

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Dermagist Hydrating Spa System Giveaway / Review $139.99 Value

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Dermagist and asked if I would like to review a product from their vast skin care line.

Of course I wanted to type back right away and say of course!  But, I am always very cautious and had to stop over and visit the Dermagist website.  I wanted to make sure I felt the products would be of the highest quality and a fit for all my wonderful followers and followers-to-be.

I was glowing by the time I finished looking at the diverse and easy to navigate website.  My mind was made up!  I was going to review and giveaway the.......

Dermagist Hydrating Spa System a $139.99 Value...

Which means....One lucky person is also going to have the opportunity to enjoy the Dermagist Hydrating Spa System themselves!           

"A total body luxury spa treatment combining ALL 3 of our (Dermagist) lotions for hand, body, and feet, that will leave you moisturized, relaxed and looking younger."

The reason I selected this was...first of all the name is so appealing and relaxing just to say.  And I know being a busy working mom, any words of relaxation makes me smile and look forward to that moment, even if it is short lived.

Yes, I love being a parent and would never change that, but wow I feel like I have aged many years beyond my actual birth age...so the thought of looking younger was very exciting.

So my refreshing journey began with my Hydrating Spa System....Thank you Dermagist!!

The body lotion was nice and light and soaked into my tired skin quickly.  I enjoyed the light fruity scent.  It recommended using it on your skin right out of the shower or tub.  Which I did and loved how it made my skin feel.  I could tell a different right away on the moisture level of my skin.  I am still waiting to see it if helps firm up some of my wrinkles...I can't believe I said that word!

Dermagist Hydropeutic Body Lotion is an instant classic, and the perfect compliment to everyone's beauty regimen.  Combining green and white tea for soothing and antioxidant properties with Sesaflash for lifting out wrinkles along with an ingenious blend of moisturizing and soothing ingredients.
The hand cream was thicker than the body lotion.  This lotion had a light floral scent.  It has helped quench my very, very dry hand and make them nice and smooth.  A one-of-a-kind, deep nourishing hand cream with Anti Aging benefits too. Age spots and wrinkles are targeted, while nourishing ingredients aim to replenish dry, cracked skin.

The foot cream is aimed at soothing and relaxing tired feet while healing cracks and dryness with a therapeutic combination of ingredients.  This is the answer to my prayers.  My feet are always aching by the end of the day.  I can't think of a better way to end each crazy day as a mom...with my feel up and my feet feeling refreshed and ready to start the next morning.  It has a nice cooling affect.  The aroma was nice, but did remind me of a chest rub for colds.
 
Dermagist foot cream is made to heal severely to moderately dry feet and cracked heels. Soothe and cool tired feet with this spa-like treatment containing Neem, Manuka and Karanja oil, Shea butter and Eucalyptus to name a few.

Now that a feel like a new younger woman...Who wants to join me?

Enter for your chance below to win this amazing Hydrating Spa System from Dermagist.

Disclaimer: Dermagist provided me with free
samples of their products to review and giveaway, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free products.


Super by Dr Nicholas Perricone Skincare Giveaway


Super is breakthrough skincare infused with powerful phytonutrients scientifically extracted from the world's most powerful Superfoods and formulated with advanced, proprietary sciences. SUPER is "phytonutrient skincare".

Perricone MD is an advanced skin care brand based on the patented technologies developed by Dr. Perricone. Perricone MD is "cosmeceutical skincare".
I have learned the following skin fact:

Melon is a skin saving superfood.

and...

Carotenoids are a class of antioxidants that protect the skin from enviromental stressors.

 

So don't miss out on the great line of melon extract for skin offered on Dr. Nicholas Perricone Super line.

So who wants to enter for their chance to win a SUPER by Dr Nicholas Perricone Skincare Giveaway?  Enter below for your chance to win a product!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Mom Blog Society. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mr. Chewy Delivering Pet Happiness. Free Shipping w/ order of $49+ Dog, Cat Food and Supplies.

My two dogs are sooo excited and can't keep their tails still.  I know if they could talk both Lucky and Radar would be singing praise to me and my online find!


Mr. Chewy delivers pet happiness by conveniently shipping 100+ brands of pet food and stuff (for free.... orders $49 and over are FREE! Orders under $49 are a flat rate of only $4.95!) while ensuring at-risk animals' lives are improved across the planet.  Most customers receive their ordered items within 3 to 5 days.  How it that for service? Trust me your pets will thank you!

I still can't get over their competitive prices and like I mentioned earlier there HUGE line of products.  Don't worry...many of these products are from top manufactures like Blue Buffalo, Orijen, Dogswell, Stella & Chewy to name a few.

Can you believe I was able to get all of this for under $50!  As you can see Radar couldn't wait for the photo to be taken.

If you are not just interested in pet treats, Mr. Chewy also carries a large line of pet food.  And even the big bags of food ship free when your order is $49 +.  They now carry Royal Canin at HIGHLY competitive prices                    

If you are planning on purchasing some pet food, why not set up a delivery schedule with Mr. Chewy?  Is it so easy, free, no membership charge and painless to do, and your pets will thank you.  You are the boss of your account and set up the time frame and how much you would like shipped.  I love that you have the power to cancel, pause or change any part of your schedule at any time. 

Don't forget as the weather warms up Mr. Chewy carries a selection of pet health care products like FrontLine to protect your pet from fleas and ticks. 

Unlike the big, corporate, profit-driven pet retailers, MrChewy.com is driven by pet happiness not the bottom line.  I can't say from personal experience they have mastered this area!                   
Now head on over to Mr. Chewy and get ordering some love for your pets!

Like Mr. Chewy on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclaimer: Mr. Chewy provided me with free
samples of their product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mother's Day Extravaganza Huge Giveaway of Great Prizes!!

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

We all have someone in our life who is special to us. It may be your mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, stepmother, aunt, or even a friend. Why not use Mother's Day as a celebration of ALL these women. Let's celebrate the inherent qualities that make each of us special and wonderful to people in out lives and the lives of others. This giveaway is in honor of YOU!

I have teamed up with some great bloggers and amazing sponsors to bring one lucky winner a huge assortment of prizes. Please visit the sponsors sites listed below to see what other great products they offer. For your chance to win, please use the rafflecopter below. Good Luck to all!

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Mom’s Spa package - It’s a pink scented gift set…
  • Bubble bath
  • Lotion
  • Pink mist
  • Candle
Snack Gift Basket - Classic ($59.99)
Libre Original ($24.00 Value)
Retro Nostalgic Candy Gift Baskets Boxes ($34.95)

10% coupon with the coupon code: andiesadventures - good through Mother's Day May 13.
Jar of Parmesan Asiago AND Olive Red Bell Pepper

Rustico


Parley Leather Journal (Value $33.00)





1 tag Necklace (Value $55.00)


EatSmart


Precision Pro - Multifunction Digital Kitchen Scale w/ Extra Large LCD and 11 Lb. Capacity (Value $34.95)



  • Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
  • Either dark or milk (winner’s choice) Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Peanut Butter cups
  • Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Original Newman-O’s
  • Ginger Snaps

Chocolate Lover's Gift Box (retail $35.99) - 9 chocolate bars

Use coupon code ANDIE15 for 15% off any orders








Cornerstone Chocolates and Confections Giveaway / Review $45 Value! Great Mother's Day Gift

Am I the only foodie out there, that seems to have a bionic ear for any conversation that revolves around food?

I must confess I over heard some parents at my children's school talking about an amazing vacation they took to Vail, Colorado.  First of all, I heard Colorado and I was so jealous.  We had the opportunity to vacation last fall in Estes Park, Co it is was an amazing and beautiful trip.  We met so many wonderful people with so many different talents. 

I just knew this conversation of Vail, Co would some how involve food before it was done.  So I hung nice and close and kept listening....There it was the food tip I was lusting for...


I rushed home and had to google this name that sounds like heaven.  Oh, be still my beating heart it was even better than I expected!!

Cornerstone Chocolates and Confections is Colorado's newest premier maker of chocolates, candies, and other products.  And the best part is if you can't make it to Vail, Colorado they will carefully ship their chocolates to your doorstep.  I am so excited to say my chocolate prayers were answered the day I received one of these carefully packaged boxes of Cornerstone Chocolates and Confections (And One Lucky Person is also going to have their chocolate dreams answered by winning a 15 piece Chef's Choice Custom Collection - $45 Value including shipping - ONLY to the 48 US States....HI and AK not eligible). I could feel and see the love with a dash of pride and a heaping tablespoon of care that went into preparing these gourmet artisan confections and making sure they arrived in perfect condition (thanks to ice packs, air filled tubes and a cooler like box and lid).

There was no doubt in my mind a perfect Mother's Day gift was waiting to be unveiled and savored in the cover of darkness away from my boys and my darling husband.  Did I say cover of darkness.  Well, my wish came true earlier tonight.  Thank heavens I had my photos taken already of these delicate works of art (trust me, they really are...keep reading and looking around to see what I mean) before our power went out for an hour. 

One thing I learned...with the lights out my other senses were heightened with brought Cornerstone Chocolates rich aromas, textures and flavors to a whole other level.

Which experience shall I try to capture into words so you all can experience my delight and decadent food journey....

How about the custom 15 piece collection from Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections?  Let the magic begin!

Lavender (Square shaped with a small piece of beautiful lavender on top)
Oh, so smooth and slightly floral, but not over powering.  It melted like butter into my warm mouth.  I enjoyed the dark chocolate that was balanced to shine though, but not mask the delicate lavender.

White Chocolate Almond (White and brown square)
Perfectly smooth and sweet with a natural nuttiness and a hint of salt.  Any white chocolate lover would sell their soul to get another bite.

Be still my beating heart.... Raspberry (swirled red, white and brown heart)
I enjoyed the very thin and crisp shell that covered a smooth chocolaty delight married with fresh raspberry flavor without the seeds.  Excellent with a hot cup of coffee.

Irish Cream (circular ball)
Another smooth experience in robed with dark chocolate.  The center was firm, but melted in my mouth.  The hint of Irish Cream was able to shine, but not cover up the beautiful dark chocolate.

Green Tea (tear shaped)
When I cut this work of art open my eyes were greeted with a fabulous light green, creamy center.  This chocolate was light and refreshing with hint of green tea.  A perfect way to end a meal.

The 8 piece Truffle Collection from Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections continued to be a flavorful food adventure that actually found my palette experiencing new flavor combinations.

Chai
Just as the name states.  The smooth flavor profile was like a gourmet balanced cup of Chai tea.

Hazelnut Crunch
I have never enjoyed a truffle like this before.  The center was so smooth and almost liquefied, hiding a beautiful hazelnut.  The center was full of fresh hazelnut flavor which is slightly bitter, creating a perfect contrast with the crunchy chocolate shell.  What a excellent mouth feel experience.

Caramel Mocha
How did Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections make this truffle work?  The center was smooth and soft, but contained a liquefy caramel sauce.  A coffee lovers dream.  I enjoyed the nice coffee accent.

Anise
Very complex is the only way I can think to describe this flavor combination.  I could taste the black licorice tones which then were heightened by the milk chocolate covering.

It is not too late to place an order for your Mom this Mother's Day.  Make her day special with a little help from Cornerstone Chocolates.  Indulgent and Pampering!!

Enter below for you chance to win a 15 piece Chef's Choice Custom Collection - $45 Value including shipping - ONLY to the 48 US States....HI and AK not eligible.

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Disclaimer: Cornerstone Chocolates & Confections provided me with free
samples of their products to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if
I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free products.